While I'm a big proponent for thinking OUTSIDE the box, I nearly always use the results of that thinking to innovate WITHIN the box where I currently reside (a few times to get out of the box), whether that be personally or professionally. My brain does not work like other peoples, a fact of which I'm well aware (and my mother did not have me tested), but there are some things everyone can do to think a bit out of the box and then apply it TO and WITHIN your own box (and learn about prepositions as a side bonus).
Oprah Winfrey talked about the ultimate bite on her show a long time ago, and a friend of mine recently introduced the quote to me at a conference while we were eating lunch. According to Oprah, the ultimate bite can be achieved when you make sure to include a bit of everything from your plate that goes together in one bite. One ultimate bite.
I've been teaching for over 20 years, so there are a lot of things I used to do that I no longer do for various reasons. Most of these are systems or procedures that I put in place to help me cope during the first few years of teaching. My father was an outstanding educator, and when I started teaching, he was an elementary principal, though the majority of his teaching had been at the high school level. This did mean that I had the very best resource a beginning teacher could possibly have at my fingertips.
As I prepare to introduce Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, (and the rest of the Hobbits) Gandalf, Legolas, and Aragorn to new students this year, a thought occurred to me. The Fellowship of the Ring is similar in structure to our schools. Here's how:
If you're expecting this to be a therapeutic post, then I hope you find it meets your expectations. If you are hoping it takes the place of actual therapy, then this likely isn't the post you need. I will, however, structure it loosely like a typical television show therapy session. Let's examine ways to handle the stress of educational situations that are not emergencies and do not require the services of an actual therapist or doctor.
Be Oppositional Defiant: Status Quo Has Got to Go! For many of us, the new school year is gearing up, just around the corner, or recently begun. While
My guest post on Denis Sheeran's Instant Relevance blog has arrived! Here's the intro by Denis, and by clicking his link, you'll go to my post for today. I’m excited to have Laura share her experience of running with an idea, taking it to new levels, and truly modeling the #MakeItReal message. Read her post below and share your comments with us here and on twitter with the #MakeItReal hashtag. And in case you’re looking for more from Laura, her blog can be appropriately found here: Rocking The Boat
Introducing #MyPoetrySnaps Many of us have been enjoying #BookSnaps, created by Tara M. Martin (@TaraMartinEDU) as something we create as we read professional books, something we just like to view, or something we use in class with students as Tara intended. Talk about engagement. Take one of the most popular social media apps for teenagers and … Continue reading From #BookSnaps to Creating Poetry!
As I listened to Daisy and my daughter, Shalyn, tell about the climb up Handies Peak, my mind immediately went to real life and educational applications, once the proud mommy glow had it's moment. Feeling very inspired, I decided to go with the real life application in my first post of this series, Got A Mountain to Climb? Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We got this. As I pondered the educational side of this story, I realized that there is more than one area in education where we can apply this. My second post in this series, Got An EDU Mountain to Climb? Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We Got This! focused on the power of PLN's (professional learning networks) and how we teachers sometimes ignore the power they provide and try to go it alone. But that isn't the only educational application here. Some teachers may have sore toes by the end of this blog, and at times in my career, my toes would be among those trod upon here, though I'm ready to trudge ahead anyway. Are you ready? THIS post is dedicated to my husband, Cayl, (@caylst) and all those technology directors out there. I feel your pain. This is for you. Let's grab our gear and get started. Baby steps. We got this.
Part 2 When I originally listened to my daughter and Daisy tell about their experience with hiking Handies Peak in Part 1, Got A Mountain To Climb: Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We Got This., I thought I knew which direction my posts would take, and then I didn't. I immediately saw an amazing teachable … Continue reading Got an EDU Mountain to Climb? Tap Your PLN! Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We Got This!